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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Pietro Sansonetti, Geneva, SWITZERLAND

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Pietro Sansonetti

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Geneva / Taxation


Pietro Sansonetti is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the Taxation Group. He advises clients on all tax matters, both domestic and international. He has in-depth knowledge of complex tax situations and extensive experience in dealing with tax authorities and enforcement matters including international exchange of information. He is active in corporate matters, in particular reorganizations such as mergers and real estate transactions, as well as on non profit entities including international non-governmental as well as official organisations. He also works with individuals on family businesses, on partnership and private clients-related tax matters such as trusts and inheritance related issues as well as on tax litigation including investigations and enforcement procedures.


Director of tax affairs (Chief Tax Officer) at the Geneva Tax authority (1994). Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer (1999). Lectured on criminal tax law at the Swiss Tax Academy as well as at the LL.M. Tax University of Geneva. Lectured on the Exchange of Information in Tax Matters at the Executive Master in Advanced Studies in International Taxation at the University of Neuchâtel. Chairman of the Swiss examination commission for tax experts (1999 – 2004).


French, English, German, Italian.


Geneva and Swiss Bar Associations, Swiss Fiduciary Chamber. International Fiscal Association. International Bar Association. Tax Chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.


University of Geneva, law degree (1982). Geneva Bar (1985). Swiss certified tax expert (1990).



Within: Tax

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has a ‘very strong, competent team for cross-border tax issues’, which it handles with a ‘very professional approach, good team-playing attitude and to-the-point advice’; other focus areas include financial markets-related tax assistance, VAT and customs matters as well as tax auditing and international double taxation. The practice advised a non-governmental organisation on its potential acquisition of a foreign commercial entity including assistance with potential tax issues. The client roster also includes Swiss RE, Julius Baer, Vontobel and Christie’s. Jean-Frédéric Maraia has ‘excellent technical knowledge and can explain complex situations in a very clear, pragmatic way’ and Geneva team lead Pietro Sansonetti is ‘highly experienced’. His counterpart in Zurich is Michael Nordin. Harun Can left the firm.

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